place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
QUAKERS NOW FRIENDS WITH ZIMBABWE.....
people of the Friends Meeting House in Ross-on-Wye have
been forging links with Quakers in Zimbabwe and have been
busily knitting 300 teddy bears and 300 pencil cases to
send to the school out there.
Ross Quakers enjoyed a visit from the newly appointed director
of the project, his wife and two children last weekend,
when they shared lunch at Bright's Orchard with other Friends
on Saturday afternoon and fellowship at the Friends' Meeting
House on Sunday morning. The new director will be moving
out to Zimbabwe in November.
knitted Teddy bears and hand made pencil cases which will be sent
out to a school in Zimbabwe.
OPEN THEIR DOORS AS PART OF
HERITAGE OPEN DAYS.....
Quakers have been meeting on their present site since around
1675, which was very early on in the founding of the Quaker
movement. The present Friends Meeting House was built c.1804
and is of significant heritage interest. Local residents
and visitors to Ross now have the opportunity to take a
look around the building and the burial ground to the rear
as part of the Heritage Open Days event, which is running
Thursday, 9th September, the Meeting House will be open
to the public from 10am until 4pm. At 12.30pm there will
be 15 minutes set aside for worship, giving people the chance
to appreciate the Quaker Movement. At 7pm, John Powell will
be giving a talk on the History of Quakers in Ross on Wye.
Friday, 10th September, the opening hours are the same,
10am until 4pm and at 7pm, Mary Sinclair-Powell will be
giving giving a talk entitled 'Tales of Old Ross.'
event will run from 10am until 6pm, combined with 'Historic
Churches Ride & Stride.' A walk will begin from Ross Heritage
Centre at 2pm and will finish with tea at the Meeting House.
Sunday the building will be open from 12 Noon until 4pm.
The Quakers meet for Worship from 10.30am until 11.30am
and visitors are very welcome to attend. There will be an
exhibition of original Quaker bonnets, free leaflets and
activities for children and refreshments will be served
throughout the event.
DIES AFTER COLLISION WITH CAR.....
A Gloucestershire woman was pronounced dead in hospital
following a collision with a Citroen Xsara Picasso on the
night of Friday, 3rd September. The
vehicle was travelling along the B4229 from the direction
of Goodrich towards Kern Bridge, Ross on Wye. Mrs. Rosemary
Thomas, aged 72, was walking with her husband and a friend
when, it is believed, she made an attempt to cross the road.
The driver of the Citroen was not injured.
Dave Perridge, from Force Operations Support Team said,
'The incident happened just before 9.30pm on Friday night
in a rural location so it would have been dark but there
may still be witnesses who haven't yet come forward and
spoken to police. We would urge anyone with information
to contact officers at Hereford on 0300 333 3000.' PC Edward
Croft and Sergeant Darren Godsall are the officers dealing
with this investigation.
road was closed for several hours and reopened at approximately
3am on Saturday, 4th September. The coroner has been informed.
ARE WELCOME PRODUCE NEW TOWN MAP.....
Ross Walkers are Welcome Group does more than organize an
annual Walking Festival, it promotes the town at every opportunity.
The latest example of this is the case of the 'Incredible
many years, the Ross Tourist Information Centre has been
providing maps of the town to visitors and locals and earlier
this year it looked like the highly popular map would disappear,
as Herefordshire Council had no money available for another
print run. So Ross Walkers are Welcome Group came to the
rescue! The Group works very closely with the Ross TiC and
decided to use some of the locally raised money to pay for
the printing of more maps.
new improved publication was designed, printed on heavy
weight glossy paper, featuring the Walkers are Welcome logo
and a photograph of Ross on the cover. With the town map
on the inside, the Ross Buggy Route is shown, together with
the sections of the Herefordshire Trail and Wye Valley Walk
that pass through the town. The back cover features the
town centre in a larger scale - a very useful improvement.
Two thousand of the new maps were placed in the Tic in May
this year and proved so popular that another 1000 have been
more information on the Ross Walkers are Welcome Group,
its plans and the walking festival, please contact the Chairman,
Sam Phillips, on 01989-563874 or visit the Group's web site
TO TACKLE MOUNT KILIMANJARO TO HELP HEROES.....
Morrison, an administrator in NHS Herefordshire's public
experience team, is taking on a daunting challenge to raise
money for the Help for Heroes charity this weekend. On Friday,
10th September, Zoe will attempt to reach the summit of
Mount Kilimanjaro which, standing at 19,341 feet it is the
world's tallest free-standing mountain. This will be no
mean feat for Zoe who admits she's never done anything like
said, 'I wanted to do something for Help for Heroes whose
amazing work helps our injured soldiers. Given that my husband
is a soldier and has recently completed a 6 month tour of
Afghanistan, it's a cause that is very close to my heart
I'm expecting it to be tough, but I'm doing everything I
can to make sure I am properly prepared. Knowing that my
friends and family are supporting me every step of the way
will keep me going.'
has set herself a target to raise £4,000 and says if she
manages to raise more than this she'll be over the moon.
Any donation, large or small, towards the target is welcome
and anyone who wishes to sponsor Zoe can do so by visiting
McPherson, head of the public experience team at NHS Herefordshire
said, 'I'm so proud of Zoe in even considering this challenge
and I have every confidence that she will succeed. Everyone
at NHS Herefordshire is right behind her.'
Morrison (right), pictured training with her friend Charley Heighton
(left) who will be completing the challenge with her.
GETS READY FOR THE START OF h.ART WEEK.....
Herefordshire Council is getting ready for this year's big
art event, h.Art, by holding the largest arts and crafts
market to date in Hereford city centre this coming Saturday.
grown little by little til now we have over 40 artists and
crafts people offering handmade, affordable gifts and artwork,'
says Andy Dawson of Herefordshire Council. 'Herefordshire
is fortunate to have lots of talented groups and individuals
who contribute to what is a thriving art and craft industry
across the county. There will be all sorts of creative works
on display and for sale at the market including weaving,
glass work, jewellery making, silver smithing, local photography
and ceramics. People like to buy original artwork for presents,
and the variety of prices charged means there's quite literally
something for everyone.'
market marks the start of this year's h.Art week, which
runs from Saturday 11th until Sunday, 19th September. h.Art
is a countywide open studios event, which gives residents
exclusive access to artists' studios, workshops and special
exhibitions. The council hopes, that once again this year's
market is well supported by residents who might be looking
for some early Christmas gifts that are original and support
the local economy.
ADVICE ON FUNDING AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY.....
organizations in need of funding are being invited to a
number of drop in sessions being run by Herefordshire Council
which will help them find out how to get hold of it. The
authority's project development team will be available at
libraries across the county until the middle of October
to give out advice and point groups in the right direction.
organizations that rely on funding play important roles
in our communities,' said project development officer, Hannah
McSherry. 'Very often the funding is there, but the groups
either aren't aware of it, or, if they are, they simply
don't know how to bid for the cash.'
her team helped Whitchurch and Ganarew parish council to
apply for funding through the Big Lottery's Awards for funding
to buy table tennis equipment, and Bromyard's Conquest Theatre
recently benefited from their advice when it applied successfully
to the Elmley Foundation to buy new theatre equipment. The
drop-in sessions are to be held at the following libraries:
Leominster - Friday, 10th September from 11am-3pm,
Kington - Tuesday, 14th September from Noon until 3pm,
Colwall - Friday, 17th September from 10am until 1pm,
Weobley - Thursday, 23rd September from 3pm until 6pm,
Belmont - Friday, 24th September from 10am until 1pm,
Peterchurch - Wednesday, 29th September from Noon until
Ross-on-Wye - Friday, 1st October from 10am until 1pm,
Leintwardine - Tuesday, 5th October from 10am until 1pm,
Bromyard - Thursday, 7th October from 10am until 1pm,
Hereford - Wednesday, 13th October from 10am until 1pm.
is no need to book an appointment. Representatives from
groups and organizations can simply turn up and speak to
KILLED IN COLLISION.....
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward who may
have seen a fatal road traffic collision which took place
at Peterchurch on Friday, 3rd September.
were called at approximately 11.30pm on Friday night to
the collision on the B4348 which involved a John Deere tractor,
a Vauxhall Corsa and a Fiat Punto. An 18 year old lad who
was a front seat passenger in the Vauxhall Corsa was pronounced
dead at the scene. The young man has since been named as
Jack Slater Mackenzie, who had recently lived in the Peterchurch
area. The male driver of the Corsa was taken to hospital
with spinal injuries. The tractor driver was not injured
and neither was the driver of the Punto.
road was blocked for several hours and reopened on Saturday
morning. The coroner has been informed
Dave Perridge, from the Force Operations Support Team said,
'An investigation into the incident is ongoing and anyone
with information for police should contact 0300 333 3000
and ask for officers at Hereford.'
NEEDS MORE FOSTER CARERS.....
Herefordshire Council is stepping up a campaign to recruit
local foster carers who want to make a difference to a local
child's life. The UK's leading fostering charity, the Fostering
Network, reports that the number of children needing care
has risen across the country yet the number of carers available
to look after children has stood still.
Council has around 75 fostering households across the county
providing care for a range of children from new-borns to
teenagers, offering a mixture of long term and short term
care, but more are needed to meet a growing demand. As a
result, the council has organized a foster care open day
which will take place at Moor House on Thursday, 23rd September
to encourage those interested to find out more.
need to train and recruit around ten new fostering households
so that we can provide homes for local children within the
county,' said Stephanie Rowles, fostering manager at Herefordshire
Council. She continued, 'It's really important that the
children find care within the county so that they can continue
with their education, keep in contact with their friends
and live their lives with as little disruption as possible.
Whatever the circumstances, a child requiring foster care
has already been through a difficult time and we need to
provide them with as much stability as possible.'
in Herefordshire has changed significantly over the years,
with many carers boosting their professional development,
embarking on training, and receiving higher rates of pay
as a result. All foster carers recruited by the council
receive comprehensive training, including opportunities
to undertake a Level 3 NVQ or BTEC qualification.
a child is placed with them, they receive a fostering fee
together with a number of allowances for clothing and holidays,
along with reimbursements for travel expenses. Support and
help is available through direct contact with a supervising
social worker and they have access to a range of activities
and supporting events through a network of around 120 other
encourage potential carers to come and talk to the council's
fostering team and discuss what they may be able to offer
a child in need, two information sessions have been organized
for 23rd September. The first will run from 1pm until 2.30pm
and the second from 5.30pm until 7pm. Social workers and
existing foster carers will be available at the sessions
to chat openly and informally about what it's really like
to be a foster carer in Herefordshire. Foster care managers
will also be around to talk through the process of fostering
and explain the range of opportunities available.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children's services said,
'We want all our children to be well looked after, safe
and happy and we rely on recruiting the right people to
help us achieve this. There are lots of rumours around about
who can and who can't foster; people are frequently surprised
to learn that they can foster and have a lot to offer a
want to recruit Herefordshire carers who are from a range
of different backgrounds so that we can embrace the diversity
of the county's communities. Our fostering team are keen
to talk to people who believe they can find some space in
their lives and want to make a real difference to a child's
council is urging those interested to ring the fostering
team on 01432 383240 for further information about the sessions.
SAFETY GB ADVISE ON CHILD SAFETY SEATS.....
than eight out of ten child safety seats in the UK are incorrectly
fitted and the Good Egg Guide is to highlight the issue
to local parents and carers. Road
Safety GB (RSGB), the road safety organization that represents
over 200 Local Authority Road Safety Teams across the UK,
is bringing its major national road safety initiative to
West Mercia and the Marches and will be running educational
clinics in towns and cities across the region.
Good Egg campaign is designed to ensure that babies and
children are properly restrained whilst travelling in the
car, by showing parents and carers the correct way to fit
in-car child safety seats. This is important because:
An unrestrained child can be killed in an impact with speeds
as low as 5mph.
· If properly restrained a child is three times less likely
to sustain a head injury in a collision than an unrestrained
· In 2008 more than 5,000 children under twelve were injured
as car passengers on British roads.
initiative started on Monday, 6th September sees road safety
professionals from Herefordshire Council's road safety team
hosting free educational car-seat check clinics, which will
demonstrate how to fit various types of safety seat, and
distribute the Good Egg Guide. Parents and carers can find
out where clinics will be taking place by visiting the Road
Safety GB Good Egg website www.protectchildgb.org.uk. The
clinics will be held at the Co-op in Dishley Street, Leominster,
on Thursday, 9th September, at Morrison's in Hereford city
on Friday, 10th September and at the Belmont Tesco store
in Hereford on Saturday, 11th September.
Ann Mann, Herefordshire Council's Road Safety Officer said,
'We are very pleased to be able to bring The Good Egg initiative
to Herefordshire and to be working with some of the experts
in the fitting of child car seats. When we have carried
out similar events, we found one of the main problems was
that although the child car seats were belted in correctly,
the slack had not been taken off and therefore in a collision
the seats would not be secure on impact. There were also
occasions when major adjustments were required to secure
the seats, for example, to reduce the risk of buckle crunching.
This is when on impact the buckle would open or would break
allowing the seat to be released.'
Kennedy, the Chair of Road Safety GB said, 'We're really
excited to be able to announce the launch of Road Safety
GB's national campaign in Herefordshire. Children and infants
are our most vulnerable road users and an ill-fitted car
seat can mean the difference between life and death. The
campaign that launched on Monday, 6th of September will
run throughout England this autumn, and over this period
we look forward to helping mums, dads and other carers make
sure that their children are safe in the car.
sponsorship by Arnold Clark Automobiles together with the
support of Local Authorities, Fire and Rescue Services and
other key partners; the Good Egg campaign will help to raise
awareness of the risks to children being placed in car seats
that are not fitted safely. The Good Egg Initiative has
been running in Scotland since 2001 and has helped reduce
the number of in-car child casualties significantly. By
being a 'Good Egg' parents and carers will be helping to
keep their little ones safe in the car.'
Arnold Clark, Chairman and Chief Executive of Arnold Clark
Automobiles said, 'We're very pleased to sponsor the Good
Egg Initiative and help make a difference in reducing the
number of child casualties on the roads. Parents and carers
often don't realize that different cars require different
types of safety seat and often think that their child is
properly protected when this might not be the case. The
Good Egg clinics ensure that all attendees get authoritative
advice on the best type of in-car child safety seat for
their vehicle and the proper method of installation. The
clinics will also distribute the Good Egg guide, a manual
which provides detailed take-home guidance on all the important
issues relating to in-car safety seats.'
Good Egg clinics will be supported by a national advertisement
campaign on bus rears across England. Parents will get the
chance to win child car seats by logging on to www.protectchildgb.org.uk
and completing the on-line survey. It is intended that the
Good Egg Initiative will become an annual campaign and it
will run initially for four weeks, with car seat clinics
undertaken over several months this autumn.
THE POOP OR YOU COULD PAY DEARLY.....
Council is stepping up its battle to keep the county clean
with a campaign aimed at pet owners encouraging them not
to let their dogs foul public spaces. The
authority is supporting the latest Keep Britain Tidy dog
fouling campaign which starts on Monday, 20th September,
with the aim of reducing the overall number of incidents
of dog fouling and encouraging the responsible removal and
disposal of dog waste.
spots around the county have been identified and members
of the Council's community protection team will be increasing
the number of enforcement patrols during the four week campaign.
Whilst there will be a focus during the campaign on education,
in some circumstances irresponsible dog owners could find
themselves subject to a fixed penalty charge of £50 or face
Hancock, the council's regulatory services manager for the
Community Protection Team said, 'This campaign is very timely
as the council will, in the near future be introducing a
countywide Dog Control Order in respect of the removal of
dog faeces that will increase the fixed penalty charge to
£80. It is the intention to maximize the educational potential
of the campaign as a final reminder to people of the requirement
to clean up after their dogs. When the Dog Control Order
is introduced there will be a much stronger emphasis on
Council is working with local schools, vets and pet shops
to raise awareness of the issues and distribute publicity
material, which is being made available through the national
campaign. Councillor John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's
cabinet member for the environment and strategic housing
said, 'Dog fouling is an extreme case of antisocial behaviour.
It's the one issue which comes up time and time again which
the vast majority of people want us to do something about.
We know that this is an issue of real concern to local residents
as it comes up frequently at PACT meetings and Parish Council
we have seen a reduction in dog fouling over recent years,
we now have the associated problem of increasing amounts
of bagged dog faeces being left behind as people fail to
dispose of bags correctly after cleaning up after their
pets. There really is no excuse for this as bagged faeces
do not have to be deposited in special bins; in the absence
of a specific 'dog bin' any normal litter bin will do. We
would appeal to all dog owners to take full responsibility
for their animals.'
public consultation, Herefordshire Council is going ahead
with plans to introduce a number of Dog Control Orders,
the first of which is the requirement for dog owners to
remove and dispose of their pet's faeces properly. Councillor
Jarvis said, 'The requirement to remove dog faeces in particular
will assist the council's enforcement officers to take positive
action against those irresponsible owners who still think
it is acceptable not to pick up their dogs mess. If anyone
still needs persuading that the issue of dog fouling is
not serious they have clearly not read the terrible report
in the national press recently on the toddler who contracted
toxocariasis after falling onto dog mess in a public park.'
second of the orders that the council intend to progress
is the requirement to put your dog on a lead when required
to do so by an authorized officer. A further order requires
the exclusion of dogs from certain areas such as enclosed
children's play areas and other specific games / sports
details can be obtained from the Community Protection Team
by telephoning 01432 260000 or emailing email@example.com